For those of us who existed on earth in the days before every human being had a personal communication device on their person, it’s difficult to imagine how we managed our lives without them, isn’t it? Yet, somehow we did survive. There was also a time, albeit brief when people had pagers which were basically a 1/2 cellphone. When you got a page, you’d often have to pull over to the side of the road and find a pay phone or wait until you got home to return the call, but you knew you had a call waiting for you out there. The early days of cell phones were like the wild west of communication. With certain brands playing the cowboy. The Idiots Guide has compiled an inaugural cell phone Hall of Fame class for your enjoyment! We know that you’ve either owned one if not more of these classic cowboy phones, or are currently using the latest release in their family tree…Enjoy!
#10. The Motorola StarTAC (1996)
The Motorola StarTAC was the original in a long line of ‘flip phones’ that appeared during the mid 1990’s. It was manufactured by Motorola and released on January 3, 1996. These phones were considered the ‘coolest’ phones ever, at the time…
#9. Samsung Galaxy (2011)
The original Samsung Galaxy 3.5G smartphone was a commercial mobile phone and among the very first to use the open source Android operating system. It was released on April 27th of 2009. It got some mixed critical reviews from Samsung users because of it’s lack of ‘firmware’ update capability.
#8. Nokia 3310 (2000)
Believe it or not, this little phone (Nokia 3310) originally released on September 1, 2000, is one of the most commercially successful phones in the world! To date it has sold more than 126 million units worldwide. For reasons that aren’t immediately clear, people really like this compact, uni-purpose phone.
#7. Motorola Dynatec 8000 (1984)
Depending on whom you might ask, the DynaTAC cellphone is either a dinosaur relic, or an amazing collector’s item with great sentimental value. Originally manufactured by Motorola in 1984 it was released in the fall of 1983. Interesting side note(s) to fully charge this phone takes approximately 10 hours, for a measly 30 minutes of talk time!
#6. T-Mobile SideKick (2002)
How popular were these little cell phones (T-Mobile Sidekick) back in the day? Very popular it turns out! Originally branded ‘Hiptop’ it was designed by Danger and manufactured by the Sharp Corporation for T-Mobile. Sadly, on July 2, 2010, T-Mobile discontinued the Sidekick largely due to data access problems. Nevertheless, for a quick minute these things were as hot as you could get!
#5. Nokia N95 (2007)
The Nokia N95 was a smartphone released in March of 2007. It featured a slick two-way sliding mechanism which users found pretty awesome.
#4. Sony Ericsson W880i (2007)
The Sony Ericsson W880i was a mobile phone released in September 2006. The coolest part of it was the video capabilities as well as the Walkman Player v2.0 feature. At only 9.4 mm thick, this phone was one of the slimmest phones on the market at the time.
#3. Motorola Razor V3 (2004)
The Motorola Razr was perhaps the very first cell phone with a high sense of fashion, and it was certainly marketed as such. It had a very cool, thin profile with a lusty sheen. It was the kind of cell phone that made a statement. The statement was typically, ‘I’m cool.’
#2. BlackBerry 6230 (2003)
Before the I-Phone took over the world, there was a phone called the BlackBerry. The ‘Quark’ was the first in what became a series of BlackBerry smart phones to be developed by Research In Motion. It was initially released in 2003, and is considered to be one of the greatest cell phone models of all-time.
#1. Apple I-Phone (Original) (2007)
The January 2007 release of the original iPhone smartphone marked the birth of an icon. Brilliantly designed and marketed by Apple, this was the first generation of what has become over a 1/2 dozen newer models, each successive model being more popular and increased functionality than the last. Many observers agree that the iPhone is the gold standard of smartphones on earth today.